Bifocal Approach

The identified approach is bifocal, including:

  1. A shared resource suite from two vendors that satisfies system and institutional needs.
    • All partners will have access to the following common resources from EBSCO and ProQuest:
      • Academic Search Premier (ASP) and Business Source Premier (BSP)
        • Each library may choose to upgrade to one Complete (either AS or BS)
      • Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database (CBCA)
    • This shared suite supports the far-sighted goal of supporting system needs. It achieves the desire for a multi-vendor solution that provides equity, systemic value, facilitates student transfer, and guarantees discounts.
  2. Flexible opportunities for individual libraries to upgrade or add resources from a predefined list.
    • All Partners will have the opportunity to upgrade or opt-in to new resources at heavily discounted prices negotiated by the counsortium.
    • Near-sighted, or institutional, goals are achieved here, since this approach supports partner libraries’ desire for flexibility, institutional value, and need to meet individual curricular objectives. It also succeeds in addressing historical imbalances that exist in ASP pricing.

No new spend is necessary is required for the shared suite. However, new monies are required for institutions who want to add a second upgrade or opt in to new resources.

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